How Much Do You Know About Famous NFL Rookies of the Year?
By: John Miller
About This Quiz
Each year, the Associated Press votes for the best young player in the NFL. That star is named the league's Rookie of the Year. How much do you know about these amazing rookies of the gridiron?
Who was the Rookie of the Year in 2016?
When Cowboys QB Tony Romo went down with (yet another) injury, Dak Prescott stepped ably into his place. He was the 2016 Rookie of the Year.
Which Atlanta Falcons player won the 2008 Rookie of the Year award?
In 2008, QB Matt Ryan took home the award for the Falcons. He backed it up -- he already has more than 40,000 yards passing in his career.
Odell Beckham, Jr. was Rookie of the Year in 2014. What position does he play?
Beckham is a diva wide receiver who makes artful and acrobatic catches all over the field. As a star weapon, the Giants were doomed without him in the 2017 season, when he was lost with an injury.
Which Carolina Panthers player won the award in 2011?
Fresh out of Auburn University, QB Cam Newton won over the NFL with his big smile and huge arm. In his very first game, he threw for more than 400 yards.
Which Cowboys running back won Rookie of the Year in 1977?
Tony Dorsett ran for more than 1,000 years in his rookie year with Dallas. He was the only Cowboys rookie to run for 1,000 yards until Ezekiel Elliott duplicated the feat in 2016.
RB Eddie Lacy won Rookie of the Year in 2013. He was drafted by _____.
The Green Bay Packers got a steal by drafting Lucy in the second round. He rushed for 1,178 yards and 11 TDs, by far his best pro season.
Who was the first Steelers player to win the award?
RB Franco Harris won Rookie of the Year in 1967. He was the 13th pick in the draft and wound up playing for 12 celebrated years in Pittsburgh.
In 2015, Todd Gurley won Rookie of the Year playing for which team?
Gurley is a star running back for the Rams. He rushed for more than 1,100 yards even though he missed three games due to injury.
QB Sam Bradford set which record during his Rookie of the Year season?
most completions by a rookie
During his rookie year with the Rams, Bradford attempted a whopping 590 passes, and he completed 354, more than any other rookie.
most penalties by a rookie
Who was the last Broncos player to take home the Rookie of the Year award?
In 2002, RB Clinton Portis was a second-round draft pick selected by the Broncos. He rushed for more than 1,500 yards and scored 17 total TDs in his debut season.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan was Rookie of the Year in 2008. Where did he play football in college?
Ryan was an extraordinary player at Boston College, where he threw 4,507 yards and 31 TDs in his final season.
What is the only team that's had players win Rookie of the Year in consecutive seasons?
Detroit is the only team lucky enough to have two consecutive Rookies of the Year. That was in 1967 and 1968, when Mel Farr and Early McCullouch took home the awards.
Which Vikings player won the award in 2009?
In 2009, WR Percy Harvin had 60 receptions and 8 TDs with the Vikings. Two of his TDs came on kickoff returns.
Tampa Bay RB Cadillac Williams won Rookie of the Year in 2005. How many 100+ yards rushing games did he have that season?
Williams had six games with 100 or more rushing yards in his first season, during which he started 14 times. He also scored 8 rushing TDs.
When was the last time a Steelers player won the coveted award?
In 2004, a rising star QB named Ben Rothlisberger won the Rookie of the Year award. In his second season, he became the youngest-ever QB to win a Super Bowl.
Dallas QB Dak Prescott won Rookie of the Year in 2016. Where did he play college football?
Prescott was a standout QB at Mississippi St. He helped the Bulldogs to their first-ever number one ranking.
In 2001, RB Anthony Thomas won the award as part of which team?
Thomas was a hard-driving running back for the Bears. He rushed for 1,183 yards that year, including 188 in a single game.
Robert Griffin III was a star QB at Baylor who was drafted by _____.
Griffin had a fantastic rookie season with the Washington Redskins. But terrible injuries set back his career and sent him reeling out of the league.
What year did Dallas RB Emmitt Smith win the award?
Smith won the 1990 award by rushing for 937 yards and 11 TDs, beginning a decade of extreme dominance by the Cowboys.
How many passing yards did Cam Newton rack up during his rookie campaign?
No rookie has ever passed for so many yards. Panthers QB Newton broke all sorts of records his first season, in part by throwing for 4,051 yards.
In 1998, a Vikings player at which position won the award?
In 1998, Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss made one spectacular grab after another on his way to 17 TDs, the most TD receptions ever by a rookie.
Where did 2015 Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley play college football?
Gurley was a phenomenal player at Georgia, where he rushed for nearly 3,300 yards in three seasons. He also scored 36 rushing TDs.
Which Colts player won the award in 1999?
RB Edgerrin James was the Colts' first pick (fourth overall) of the 1999 draft. He immediately rushed for 1,553 yards, which at the time was the most ever by a rookie running back.
RB Curtis Martin won Rookie of the Year playing for which team?
Martin rushed for 1,487 yards and 14 TDs in a scintillating debut for the Patriots. He finished his career as the fourth-leading rusher in NFL history.
Rookie of the Year RB Eric Dickerson was selected in which round of the NFL draft?
The Rams took Dickerson in the first round, as the 10th overall selection. He rushed for more than 1,800 yards his first year.
What position did Saints Rookie of the Year Rueben Mays play?
Mays was a standout running back from Washington State University. He rushed for 1,353 yards and 8 TDs in his first season ... and it was all downhill after that.
Carl Pickens was a Rookie of the Year receiver for which team?
In 1992, Pickens won the award for the Bengals. He played for 9 seasons and caught 540 passes, with 63 TDs.
RB Marcus Allen won Rookie of the Year with 697 yards rushing and 401 yards receiving. How many seasons did he play?
Allen was incredibly productive, particularly in short-yardage situations. He played for 16 years.
In 1991, Leonard Russell was a standout ____ for the New England Patriots.
Russell was a running back who rushed for 959 yards and 4 TDs in 1991. His performances were erratic, though, and he bounced around the league during his six-year career.
In 1978, Earl Campbell won the award playing for the Houston Oilers. What position did he play?
Campbell was a bruising running back who rushed for 1,679 yards in his first year. He also scored 19 TDs.